Swimming Safety Stressed

Follows Drowning Last Week

June 20, 2018 - 2:26 pm

Henrico, VA (wrva.com) - Henrico firefighters are stressing pool safety, following the drowning of a teen in an East End pool last week.   This also follows a double drowning on Memorial Day in Chesterfield, where a young woman and her nephew drowned in an apartment pool.

Henrico firefighters say it is important that no one swim alone, and that parents actively watch their kids.  Captain Rob Rowley says often, drowning is silent, and can be missed.  

Additional advice includes:

-Securing pools with a fence and cover pools or hot tubs when not in use

-Watch children at all times around a pool

-Do not let anyone swim alone

-Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket

-Establish and enforce rules such as “no running”, “no diving”, “stay away from drain covers” and “swim with a buddy”

-Learn how to swim and perform CPR.

Rowley says Henrico has responded to at least four drowning calls a year for the last four years, and has already had two such calls this year.